Slow Cooker Carnitas from Old El Paso®

Slow Cooker Carnitas from Old El Paso®


"Using a slow cooker will create a delicious, authentic dish with very little hands-on time."


4 h 30 m servings 554 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 554 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 33.5 g
  • 52%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.1g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 26.9 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 1075 mg
  • 43%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; add onion slices.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix over pork shoulder, pressing to coat. Brown pork in oil on all sides; remove from skillet to slow cooker. Pour enchilada sauce on top of pork.
  3. Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred meat with fork. Place shredded pork in large bowl. Add chiles, 2 cups of the sauce from slow cooker and the onions; stir well.
  4. Spoon pork mixture onto tortillas. Add toppings. Roll up tortillas.


  • Any leftover carnitas filling is just as delicious the next day on tacos, in enchiladas, or even on pasta!
  • Play around with different topping to create your favorite carnita!
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  1. 37 Ratings


Used a 2 lb pork butt. Cut into 1/2 in. slices. Browned meat added onions for a minute or 2. Put in my electric pressure cooker. Added remaining ingredients. Cooked 45 minutes. Removed fro...

This was excellent! The only thing I did different was add the green chiles in the crock pot a couple of hours before the pork was done cooking. Great taste!

Terrific! Very easy & tasty. Only change I would make for next time would be to use hot Enchilada sauce instead of medium. We tend to like things a little spicier around here!

Why are these cooks rating a recipe they haven't cooked??????? This isn't a "comment" site.. it is for ratings so we can make an informed decision about making it or not. drives me crazy..... ...

I give this 5 stars for flavor and ease of preparation, but I didn't like using the juice from the pot; it was too runny. Next time, I'd try a fresh can of enchilada sauce or maybe try mixing th...

Because I'm lazy, I just sliced onions and a few small sweet peppers, threw them in the crock pot and put cut up pork roast on top, sprinkled taco seasoning on that and dumped the can of enchila...

Made carnitas for dinner last night. I added red and yellow peppers along with the onions to the crock pot. I found the sauce a little bland(we like really spicy food) so II added a little anch...

Not a fan of this recipe. We thought it was kind of bland and greasy. As another reviewer recommended, using another can of enchilada sauce instead of the greasy sauce from the slow cooker pro...

So you understand....I am not a big pork lover...but this dish was fabulous. I didn't cook it in the crock pot I put it in the oven at 300 for about six hours. I will definitely make this agai...